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Poster: high flow Date: Apr 1, 2019 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH

Everybody draws the line somewhere. For me, 1991 is about as close as I get to the end when re-listening. It's rare for me to cue up post-1978 shows. The ONLY reason I listened to these was simply...the mood struck me. BUT, I was pretty disappointed by the 1983 show. So I decided to listen to the 1991 show and I was very pleasantly surprised, as I found it quite entertaining.

I probably saw 15 shows from mid-88 until Brent's death. I agree with your comment regarding retirement. The consistency really started to fade after his death. Meanwhile JGB was doing just fine. I would have been perfectly happy to have said goodbye to the Grateful Dead if it meant a long-lasting, continued evolution of Garcia.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 2, 2019 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH

The pressure on Garcia to keep the circus going to support all the GD employees must have been a terrible burden. I wonder if JGB would have become the new GD though...those crowds of people were just terrible right after 1987.

No love for the early 80's? That's still one of my favorite periods.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Apr 3, 2019 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH

I agree with the early 80's being excellent. I find it kind of a joke to claim that selling out 75000 seat football stadiums = a high point in the music - totally unconnected events in my book. Being acknowledged by their "peers" meant they took a step down in my opinion.

I'd take the 3/29/83 show over anything I've heard from 89 or 90. I was at that show and it was excellent. I was also at the 3/30 and 3/31 shows, they were just ok. I can't think of a show from '82 (especially the ones I saw) that isn't mile and miles and miles better than anything from 89-90...just like I can't find anything from '72 that isn't mile and miles and miles better than anything from '82. Just because they were the shows I first started seeing doesn't make them the "high point" of the GD's career. And I don't give two rats asses about what the tag-along backstage wannabee jerk-offs have to say about "the scene" in their "books". I had connections and was backstage a few times and I found it a pathetic collection of sad leaches - so I went right back out to the crowd, the only place where any real action was occurring - at the interface of band and audience.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 3, 2019 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH

It amazes me how Bob though 1989 was their pinnacle. A lot of fans seem to believe that too.

I don't disagree that most 1972 shows are better than any 1982 show however I get more burned out on the early 70's because of the repetition (especially 1972 & 1973). I don't get that feeling from anything in 1981 and most of 82 or 83.

I completely agree with anything from the early 80s beats the 90s with maybe a few exceptions (but not many).